“De interpretatie van Jeroen Bosch” (P. Gerlach O.F.M. Cap.) 1967
[in: Brabantia, XVI (1967), pp. 184-192]
[Reprinted in Gerlach 1988: 97-102]
[Also mentioned in Gibson 1983: 147 (G73)]
Some general considerations by father Gerlach. In order to understand Bosch’s works properly it is first of all necessary to pay due attention to the sources of his life and work and to the context in which he lived (particularly the ecclesiastical and religious context). It is also important to have a good insight in the political situation of Burgundy in the second half of the fifteenth and the first quarter of the sixteenth century, especially of Brabant and of the city of ’s-Hertogenbosch.
Gerlach also mentions three historical novels dealing with Bosch: De Tuin der Lusten (Dutch title) by F.M. Huebner, Felicia by Armand Boni and Moergrobben by Theun de Vries. Apart from their possible literary value these books are judged to be desastrous for a true understanding of the life and work of the painter.